Internet celebrity Kai named as a suspect in New Jersey homicide

Left: A recent photo of Caleb Lawrence McGillvary released by the Clark Police Department in New Jersey. Right: 3 4-year-old Internet celebrity well known on Facebook and YouTube as "Kai the Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker," is wanted for the murder of a Clark, New Jersey man. (YouTube / Clark Police Department)

May 16, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Clark Police Department in New Jersey has named Caleb Lawrence McGillvary, also known as "Kai the Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker", as a suspect in a homicide.

Authorities in Union County have issued an arrest warrant for an internet celebrity in the homicide of Joseph Galfy, Jr. in Clark, New Jersey

The suspect is identified as Caleb Lawrence McGillvary, a 34-year-old Internet celebrity and is well known on Facebook and YouTube as "Kai the Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker." He rose to fame in February when he saved a PG&E worker who was attacked in Fresno.

McGillvary is homeless but considers himself "homefree" and relies on the generosity of strangers for food, lodging and transportation.

He is also known as Kai Lawrence, Caleb Kai Lawrence and Kai Nicodemus.

The victim, Joseph Galfy, was found inside his home on Starlite Drive on May 13, 2013 after officers received a call to check on his well-being.

An autopsy performed the following day determined that Galfy died as a result of blunt force trauma, said Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow.

Based on the investigation, authorities know that McGillvary has cut his hair in an attempt to alter his appearance.

He was last seen at a light rail station in Haddonfield, N.J. area, said Romankow. He is considered to be armed and dangerous.

The Union County Homicide Task Force is working with local, state, and Federal officials to locate McGillvary. He is charged with murder in Union County and bail has been set at $3 million by Superior Court Judge Stuart Peim.

Anyone with information regarding McGillvary is urged to contact Union County Crime Stoppers.

A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered in the case.

Crime Stoppers can be reached at (908) 654-TIPS or www.uctip.org.

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